Blyth Harbour Commission has made two key non-executive appointments to its board that oversees strategy and management of its operating division Port of Blyth.

Paul Hardisty, former Executive Director at Royal IHC and Richard Turner, current CEO at BEL Valves and Non-Executive Director of the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership, have been appointed as Commissioners at the Northumberland based port as it continues with ambitious growth plans relating to opportunities in the offshore energy and renewables sector.

Both appointees possess considerable senior level offshore energy and renewables industry knowledge and experience and will contribute to future growth and prosperity at an exciting time for Port of Blyth.

Geoff Hodgson, Chair of Blyth Harbour Commission, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to welcome two industry professionals of the calibre of Paul and Richard to the Port’s board. Their talent, experience and standing in the offshore energy sector ensures that the Port of Blyth is well placed to capitalise on the exciting opportunities ahead.

My fellow Commissioners and I are very much looking forward to working alongside Paul and Richard, while the Port’s management led by Chief Executive Martin Lawlor will benefit from their input at a strategic level.”

Appointed for an initial 3 year term, Mr Hardisty and Mr Turner will pick up the offshore energy and renewables sector mantle from departing Commissioner Dr Alan Lowdon who has completed his term of office.

Regarded as one of the UK’s leading offshore energy support bases, Port of Blyth is home to some of the world’s largest offshore and renewable energy firms and a licenced decommissioning facility serving the sector.

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